Honda motorcycle for sale in the Philippines
Honda is a Japanese automotive maker that produces cars, motorcycles and internal combustion engines. Since 1964, the company has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer. It was the eighth largest automotive company in the world in 2011. In the Philippines, it is regarded as the largest motorcycle producer with more than a third of the market’s share.
Soichiro Honda founded the automotive company in 1946. Years later they released the 1949 D-model, the company’s first complete motorcycle, with both Honda’s frame and engine. The motorcycle unit was called the Honda Dream.
Performance and technology
Honda’s ever dynamic engineering has revolutionized the motor industry. Today’s motorcycles have come a long way since the introduction of auxiliary engines mounted on bicycles in 1946.
The company first introduced the Super Cab in 1958 which soon after became the standard for most two-wheeled vehicles. In 2008, the worldwide production of the Super Cab reached 60 million units. When it was trying to break into the American market in the 1960s, the company adopted the slogan “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” in an attempt to appeal to motorbike enthusiasts in the country.
Some of the innovations that Honda has come up with are: the mix fuel injection system, dual clutch transmission (automated and shift operated), an idling stop system that turns off the engine on brief stops, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and an airbag system for motorcycles.
Popular Honda models
Honda has been a renowned motorcycle manufacturer because of the quality and low maintenance cost of their motorcycles. The company currently categorizes their motorcycles based on their function: business, cub, sport and scooter. Among the best selling models of this brand are:
The scooter Honda BeAT runs on an automatic transmission and has a 110 cc displacement. It comes with in a Combination Brake System (CBS) variant and is perfect for first time motorcycle owners because of its easy to handle features. A brand new unit has a price tag of P65,000.
Perhaps the brand’s most diverse motorcycle series, the Honda Wave is a cub motorcycle which is available in three variants with an optional 110 cc or 125 cc displacement. Its entry-level Alpha variant costs P44,900 and its top-of-the-line Dash variant is valued at P65,200.
The versatile line of 125 cc cub Honda XRM has been known for its sports like handling and is available in three variants- dual sport, motard and DSX. It has a price range of P65,000 to P70,300 for brand new units.
The Honda TMX is a business type motorcycle that is locally customized into a tricycle. Its affordable price, large fuel tank and extended pinion seats have been its strong points in attracting tricycle unit enthusiasts. It has an affordable price tag of P46,900.
Availability of Honda in the Philippines
Honda Philippines Inc. started their business operations in the country in 1964. Back then it was known as Mariwasa-Distributors Inc. before changing to its current name in 1983.
Interesting facts about Honda
Honda’s proven marketing strategy has always been “motorcycles for everyone”. The company has a wide variety of motorcycles from cubs and business type motorcycles to scooters and sport motors, offered comparatively to the budget and needs of their customers.
Honda Philippines Inc. launched its ‘Honda Cares’ campaign in the affected areas of typhoon Yolanda. The motorcycle company offered free repairs of damaged Honda motorcycles.